: Caricature of James A. Garfield titled "From the Tow-Path to the White House." This piece of political memorabilia features one of Garfield's campaign slogans from the 1880 presidential campaign.
Garfield was the twentieth President of the United States, and was born on November 19, 1831, in Orange, Ohio. His father died in 1833, and James spent most of his youth working on a farm to care for his widowed mother. At the age of seventeen, Garfield took a job steering boats on the Ohio and Erie Canal--the origin of the campaign slogan. After winning election to the Ohio Senate as a member of the Republican Party in 1859, Garfield joined the Union army at the outset of the Civil War and attained the rank of major general before resigning in 1863 to serve nine consecutive terms in the House of Representatives. He was elected president in 1880, but served only four months before being assassinated. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL04239 Subjects
: Cartoonists; Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Political cartoons; Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881 Places
: Ohio; Washington D.C.